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Dangers of Hot Weather

We certainly always appreciate hot weather when it comes in Ireland. However, the chances of accidental fires increase as the weather gets hotter. Everything like burnt grass all of a sudden becomes combustible. Recent gorse fires in Sleeve Bloom mountains would have the hot weather to blame. Even household items in garden sheds can be […]

What a Terrible Winter

Probably one of our worse and prolonged winters ever. However, in recent weeks the weather has picked up and the country is drying out nicely. A very wet winter followed by a very dry summer can have an effect on the ground conditions below your property. As an example if your property is founded on […]

Damaged Ungerground Drains?

Underground drains service every property with plumbing services. They service the sink waste pipes as well as toilets and showers etc. How can you tell if theses drains are leaking or damaged? Foul smells in your home Cracked / dropped pavements or landscaping above underground drains. Cracks in house or garden walls above underground drains […]

Is There a Smell of Oil in Your Property?

Sometimes People don’t realise that they have an oil leak until a neighbour or friend visits and says there an oil smell in the house. People with internal oil boilers or agga cookers may not realise that the feed pipes are leaking. Hydro carbons can affect people’s health especially someone with breathing difficulties like asthma. […]

What’s the Difference Between a Loss Assessor and a Loss Adjuster?

There’s a lot to consider when making an insurance claim for the first time. Part of this is simply trying to figure out who does what in the claims process. Here at PCLA, one of the most frequent questions we get is about the difference between a Loss Assessor and a Loss Adjuster. Loss Assessors […]

Can you Claim for Damage to your Home Caused by a Neighbour?

This can be a complicated issue. To simply just claim may require the neighbour to do have done something negligent. In the above picture a neighbour’s pipe has been leaking for a long time. If the neighbour is advised of the issue and doesn’t repair this could be deemed as negligence. You now have two […]

How to Prevent Water Pipes Freezing and Bursting

It’s that time of year again when the bookies start speculating about a cold winter. The last big freeze in Ireland was in December 2010. It thawed out on new year’s day 2011 and we were very busy with claims. The majority of problems were pipes freezing in the attic space. As we all know […]

Protecting Your Property – Get it Insured Correctly

In Property Claims Loss Assessors ltd (PCLA) the most common problem we have is people being underinsured. This could be as a result of the last recession where people sometimes get mixed up and think the value of your home is what you should insure it for. This is completely wrong you need to insure […]

Water Damage Claims

In Property Claims Loss Assessors (PCLA) we deal with water damage claims on a daily basis. Where a house is new or where the house has recently been replumbed we are being advised by Insurance companies that they may take a legal recovery action against the plumber in the case of a water damage claim […]

The Causes of Fire

Its amazing how we all view our homes as safe havens. We (in Property Claims Loss assessors Ltd) come across domestic fires on a regular basis. Thankfully in almost all situations there hasn’t been an injury or loss of life. In 20 years assessing we’ve dealt with two cases involving loss off life. In both […]

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